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From Pastor Paul:

The heart of the Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith is the good news, or gospel, which is defined for Lutherans in the Augsburg Confession of 1530: “we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God by grace, for Christ’s sake, through faith, when we believe that Christ suffered for us and that for his sake our sin is forgiven and righteousness and eternal life are given to us….as Paul says in Romans 3:21-26 and 4:5.” 

Martin Luther described the relationship that God created between Christ and himself in this way: “I believe that Jesus Christ … is my Lord.”  The word “lord” has a different connotation today than it had in 1529 when Luther wrote his Small Catechism.  My Webster’s dictionary defines lord as “one having power and authority over others.”  That definition was valid for Luther also; however, the connotation has changed in almost 500 years.  Today, the statement that someone lords it over others usually means that the person is asserting power and authority over others in a negative way in order to oppress others.  For Luther, the 16th century connotation was that a lord provided what others needed,  protected others from danger, and saved them from their enemies. With that understanding of a lord, Luther could describe his relationship with Jesus with the words, “Jesus Christ is my Lord.”

The Gospel readings on which the sermons will be based in July provide great opportunities for us to explore this relationship between each of us and Jesus, the relationship described by the words, “Jesus Christ is my Lord.

July 2, 3 ,4 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 “Here I Am, Lord”
July 9, 10, 11 Luke 10:25-37 “The Lord of Love”
July 17, 18 Luke 10:38-42 “My Life Is in You, Lord”
No Saturday service. Blended service at 9:30 am on Sunday.
July 23, 24 ,25 Luke 11:1-13 “Our Lord’s Prayer”
July 30, 31 August 1 Luke 12:13-21 “A Lord with No Greed”

Peace and goodness be with you all.

Pastor Paul

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